Originally Posted by Krzys
Great, a friend and I are actually keen to take it apart and look around. He has had around 60+ years of repairing Leicas so it cant be too different.
Thanks for the link.
Making them easier to handle.
Interesting story on the Fujica G690 I just bought. I've known of it's whereabouts for over ten years.
A fellow computer consultant in town inherited it from his father's estate. The father was a professional photographer shooting Hasselblad many years ago. He (the father) wanted to see how he would like the 6X9 format. He borrowed the camera from a fellow photographer, probably when the camera was quite new. While using it, he dropped it. It landed on the corner of the top of the camera next to the eyepiece. The blow collapsed the corner into the camera a good quarter inch. As a result, he ended up buying the camera.
Turns out he used it interchangably with his Hassy for a few years and then put it away. It's probably not been used for many years.
My friend showed it (and the Hassy) to me about ten years ago. Every once in a while I check in with him to see what he's going to do with it. He finally relented from any thought that he would take up photography and use it, and sold it to me.
As a statement of it's durability, the rangefinder is correct and bright, the lens (the silver one) is clean and clear, the shutter tests out at 1.01 secong for 1 second and is within spec on all speeds to 1/500th. I just shot a test roll and got it back from Walmart two days ago. Fuji transparencies that came out great. Frame spacing is excellent as well and the dark slide is snappy.
I am still deliberating on whether to shoot it as is, until it demonstrates a need for service, or send it in for a new top and CLA.
In any event, these old interchangable lens 690s (this is my fourth example), while heavy, are pretty much bulletproof.
It works well, so may be better to leave things alone and just shoot away. It will probably outlast me, surviving three owners.